A farro salad is a great way to say hallo at the warm season! This healthy recipe is perfect to be prepared a little in advance. Bell peppers and zucchini squash pair greatly with the taste of farro, but if you prefer, it’s possible utilize other vegetables.
This cabbage soup is the kind of comfort food I prefer: tasty, greedy and rich in vitamins! Preparing this recipe I’ve been inspired by the classic French soup. Shiitake mushrooms give a particular flavor to this cabbage soup. The secret of this recipe is the onion, very smooth and caramelized. I stir fried the vegetables with clarified butter, but it’s possible use a mix of butter and extra virgin olive oil as well.
Fried artichokes is a classic recipe in Rome. This is one of the most popular Roman dish, prepared since XVI Century in the restaurants located inside the Italian capital historic center. Originally, the fried artichokes (named “carciofi alla Giudia” in Italian) were prepared for Easter gatherings, but currently they are served daily from November to April. The artichokes are fried in two times with different temperatures. Thanks to this method, the artichokes will be well cooked and crispy! Traditionally, the artichokes used for this recipes are called “mamma romana”: a local artichoke famous to be very tender and without hairy heart. To make this dish, today I choose the baby artichokes: thanks to its tenderness, it is perfect for this recipe! Serve the fried artichokes as appetizer or aside meats, eggs or fried seafood. A suggestion: prepare more fried artichokes you think are enough, because they will finish as fast as your guests can say “one more, please!”
Oven roasted octopus is the the baked version of a classic summer Italian dish. Seafood is reduced into pieces, then baked with potatoes and capers. Potatoes are roasted until golden. Octopus has to be crispy and dark violet. The sour taste of wine will balance the sweet of octopus and potatoes. A suggestion: salt lightly just a couple of minutes before finishing the oven roasted octopus, an only if necessary.
Stir fried dandelions and potatoes is a quick and tasty Italian classic. Commonly, it is served as a hot salad for appetizer, or aside meats, eggs, or salty fish, like anchovies or sardines. I really love stir fried dandelions, they are very healthy greens! Their bitter taste pairs perfectly with the sweet of golden potatoes and the salty flavor of Pecorino Romano cheese. When the weather permits to grill outside my house, the stir fried dandelions are a must-to-eat aside steaks and sausages!
This coconut cream soup is the result of my passion for Southeast Asia and Roman cuisine! I love so much coconut soups, they recall me my travel in Thailand, tables placed on the water edge, exotic flavor and spices… This recipe combine the delicate flavor of Romanesco broccoli, a must of the Roman tradition, with the sweet of coconut milk and the sour of the tofu marinated into the soy sauce. Usually, I serve this coconut cream soup as appetizer either to start Italian or Asian meals, a perfect connection between two great culinary traditions.
Artichokes salad is one of my favorite quick and healthy recipes. I love artichokes, both raw and cooked! Sweet garlic is the secret ingredient of this easy recipe. I suggest don’t use normal garlic, because its flavor is too strong and it will kill the delicate taste of this recipe.
This vegetarian baked pasta is a tasty and healthy dish, great for friends and relatives gatherings! Commonly, the Italian baked pasta is seasoned with meat and béchamel sauce. In this case, I preferred use my personal cauliflower sauce instead béchamel. This sauce the pasta it’s perfect to season, it’s light and rich in flavor! Tasty roasted broccoli tufts and Havarti cheese complete the dish giving color and more flavor!
Red lentils dal recalls me my first trip in Asia. It was July 1999, and in that time I used to live for travelling. The fist region I visited was North India. I was vegetarian, and on shoestring, so between me and any kind of dal was love at first sight!
Preparing red lentils dal is very simple, but is mandatory pay very attention to the spices, they must be of first quality. Cooking with vegetable oil instead ghee, makes this recipe a good source of protein for vegan diet.
Sauteed dandelion greens is a very important ingredient of Roman cuisine. For centuries the most poor Roman familys, use to harvest wild dandelion greens aside the suburbs streets of the Italian capital, and cook them with simple ingredients. The farmers use to bring sauteed dandelion greens with them eating this vegetables as lunch along with simple homemade bread. This vegetable is both tasty and healthy! I love cook dandelion greens in many ways, but today I propose the most traditional way to cook the dandelion. The chili pepper pairs perfectly with the amazing bitter taste of these greens! Serve the dandelion as a tasty salad, or aside cheeses, eggs or roasted meats.